Uttered by the mythical Lord of the Rings character Gandalf, “… Look(ing) to the East” has proven effective for another savior in head coach Dana Altman. Coming by way of Toronto, Canada, stretch forward Dillon Brooks (4-Star/Toronto, ON/Rivals150) committed to Oregon following an official visit last week.
“For Dillon I think it was all about the opportunity at Oregon and what they presented,” said AAU coach Tony McIntyre. “The way the Ducks play, the playing time available, and just the overall opportunity to play at a school like Oregon in the conference they are in was too good.”
The 6-foot-7, 205 lb. forward is expected to reclassify academically as he graduated early and will undoubtedly suit up for the Ducks this upcoming season.
“He had done some work to get ahead of his credits in high school and was able to graduate early,” said McIntyre.
As hard-working off the court as he is on, Brooks could make an immediate impact for Altman as a versatile playmaker.
“I think going in, Oregon likes him out on the wing playing the two or the three mostly, but he can play the four, too.”
Brooks excels at finding ways to the rim and sticking to a play even when rough sailing comes his way. Early playing time and perhaps a starting role are both serious questions that Brooks will have the opportunity to address this fall. Don’t be surprised to see Brooks start the year on the floor when the Ducks open up the ’14-’15 season.
Oregon’s already looking to add to the abundance of riches at the “TBA” position. Tabbed athletes are an Oregon staple and fitting the bill is emerging prep Marquise Doherty (4-Star/Kansas City, MO). Playing both sides of the ball at the high school level, Doherty’s effectiveness at myriad slots resonates well with the Duck brass.
“I’ve been talking with Oregon about coming up when they play Michigan State on [September] 6th,” said Doherty.
Already cutting down his list to five, Oregon’s chances to land the jack-of-all-trades seems to be rapidly improving as the Ducks are the only program outside of Doherty’s immediate area that is in consideration, stay tuned!
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